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Precise block-level monsoon information to farmers by 2019

Indian and British scientists are working on a project together under the National Monsoon Mission.

Sustaining 4% growth in agri sector a challenge: Singh

Sustaining 4 percent growth in the farm sector is a challenging task though it remains one of the top priorities of the government, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said Monday.

BASF opens R&D centre for agrochemicals in India

The new research and development (R&D) centre will contribute to tailor-made solutions for India's agriculture. We will partner with the farmers and work with them. The team in India will work towards development of new active ingredients, new formulations and technologies.

CII calls for critical distribution reforms in agriculture

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) president Chandrajit Banerjee has called for critical distribution reforms in the agriculture sector to ensure a further decline in inflation.

‘Farm credit flow highest in South India, lowest in NE’

Credit flow in the agriculture sector is highest in South India on increased awareness about the existing schemes, but lowest in the north eastern region of the country, a study by industry body Assocham said Tuesday.

Biz climate improves in Sept on better agri exports

Business climate improved in September primarily buoyed by better agricultural exports and uptick in tourism sector, according to a report.

Expecting bumper crop to revive economy: Pawar

Expecting a bumper crop due to good monsoon this year, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said the increased production "will give a boost to the reviving economy".

Prez to launch agri-SMS-portal next week

An agri-portal that will provide information on weather forecast and advisories on disease outbreak to farmers will be launched by President Pranab Mukherjee here next week.

'India lags far behind other nations in farm mechanisation'

India lags far behind other nations like Japan in farm mechanisation and efforts are being made to promote use of agricultural machineries to address labour crisis, a senior government official said Thursday.

Two degree rise in temperature will hit India's agriculture: WB

An expected two degrees Celsius rise in the world's average temperatures in the next few decades would make India's summer monsoon unpredictable, affecting crop production, a World Bank report said Wednesday.

Open ended subsidy on urea is wrong, illogical: Montek

Open ended subsidy on urea is "wrong", "illogical" and is damaging Indian agriculture, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Friday.

Retail inflation for agri workers rises to 12.3% in January

Retail inflation for agriculture workers increased to 12.30 percent in January mainly due to increase in prices of food items and bus fare.

Cartelisation in agriculture affects poor farmers: Experts

Cartelisation in the agriculture sector is impacting consumers and poor farmers the most who are not getting a fair price for the products as a result, a panel of experts said.

Major crop production expected to fall by 2.8% in FY13: CMIE

Production of rice is projected to fall by 3.4 percent in FY13 as its acreage declined by 4.1 percent to 375 lakh hectares as on November 2.

'Steps needed to improve disbursal of agri credit to needy'

Even though credit to agriculture has increased manifold over the past one decade, major reforms are still required to improve funds availability to the needy, an industry body has said.

Govt asks private cos to build strong agri-linkages

In order to improve food value chain performance, the Agriculture Ministry on Wednesday asked private firms to help build strong linkages between farm production and markets.

Govt will export surplus agri-commodities: Sharma

The government Thursday said the surplus quantity of agri-products such as wheat, rice and sugar, would continue to be exported despite concern over possible fall in farm production due to poor monsoon.

Farm exports jump by 88% to Rs 82,000 cr in FY’12

The growth was achieved on the back of increased export of processed foods, basmati, non-basmati rice, guar (gum and seed), buffalo meat and groundnut.

Mosoon delay not a serious situation, to improve next week: Pawar

With delayed monsoon triggering fears of crop failure and drought, the government on Tuesday said the situation is not "that serious" and the production of rain-fed rice crop is unlikely to be affected as monsoon is expected to better from next week.

Welcome rain drops for India Inc!

FMCG, Automobiles, Fertilisers, Telecom are amongst the prominent sectors which get impacted either way by the quantum of monsoon each year. Companies in these sectors are bullish given the monsoon onset in view of the resultant rural economic activity.